LINKIN PARK are a new band and they are on Warner Brothers Records.  They released their debut 'Hybrid Theory' on October 24th, and we would like to thank Chris Michaud of Cornerstone Digital for introducing us to this one amazing band and for sending us the advance CD.  The debut is just amazing, read our review of it in our Reviews section.  The band is built on an aggressive hard rock foundation, flavored with hip-hop vocal styling and electronic flourishes, Linkin Park’s sound is utterly their own, an accomplishment strengthened by the band’s remarkably powerful and unforced songwriting.  They are touring the US with Papa Roach through November and December 2000.  The latest on the band is that they will play their first UK gig January 2001 in London and you can win tickets to go and see them through Kerrang! magazine issue dated 29th November 2000. 'One Step Closer', a great track of the debut will be their first single which will be released January 25th 2001.  We highly recommend you check out Linkin Park........  they will be one of the biggest bands without a question.  Check out the following on the band and find out what Linkin Park is all about.


Chester Bennington - Vocals

Rob Bourdon - Drums

Brad Delson - Guitar

Joseph Hahn - DJ / Samples

Mike Shinoda - Vocals

October 24, 2000 - Debut 'Hybrid Theory'


January 25, 2001 - Single 'One Step Closer'




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Linkin Park track 'Points Of Authority' is on the Little Nicky soundtrack.  Little Nicky is a cool movie and it's so so funny..... check it out.  The full track listing is as follows: 1. P.O.D. - School Of Hard Knocks', 2. Incubus - Pardon Me, 3. Deftones - Change, 4. Cypress Hill - '(Rock) Superstar', 5. Insolence - Natural High, 6. Linkin Park - Points Of Authority, 7. Disturbed - Stupify 8. Unloco - Nothing, 9. Powerman 5000 - When Worlds Collide, 10. Muse - Cave, 11. Filter - Take A Picture, 12. Deftones - Be Quiet And Drive (Far Away).  Click on the little image above to buy the CD on-line.









Ask Linkin Park guitarist Brad Delson for a wish list of bands he’d like to tour with, and he’s ready with a response. “We told our manager, ‘Pick a band and we can tour with them.’  Our music reaches out in so many directions that there’s pretty much an unlimited amount of cool bands with which we could play.”

Delson is understandably proud of the diversity and uniqueness apparent on the Southern California band’s debut album, Hybrid Theory (the band’s original name).  Built on an aggressive hard rock foundation, flavored with hip-hop vocal stylings and electronic flourishes, Linkin Park’s sound is utterly their own, an accomplishment strengthened by the band’s remarkably powerful and unforced songwriting.

Delson and emcee/vocalist Mike Shinoda attended the same high school together, where Delson also met the band’s drummer, Rob Bourdon.  Shinoda then hooked up with DJ Joseph Hahn while studying painting at the Pasadena Art Center.  The final piece in the puzzle was singer Chester Bennington, a transplanted Arizona native who started making records when he was sixteen.

“Since I learned how to talk I’ve been telling everybody I was gonna grow up to be a singer,” laughs Bennington.  “When I was two, I used to run around singing Foreigner songs – there’s tapes of me doing that.”

The combination of Bennington’s rich, mammoth vocal style clicked immediately with Shinoda’s streetwise emceeing.  “I think one of Chester and Mike’s goals is to be as integrated as possible,” offers Delson.  “We want our sound to come across so that people go, ‘Oh, that’s Linkin Park,’ not ‘I heard this hip-hop part, and now they’re hitting me over the head with this rock chorus.’  We want everything to have dynamics, but also a continuous cohesive flavor, so that you know what band you’re listening to.”

It was that cohesive style and instantly memorable songs that attracted immediate attention, starting with a publishing offer after the band’s very first show at L.A.’s famed Whisky.  After showcasing around town and eventually inking with Warner Bros. Records, the band began work on their first album with producer Don Gilmore (Eve 6, Lit, Pearl Jam). “We met with a lot of people and had a very difficult time deciding,” says Shinoda.  “But Don, aside from making things sound good, stood out as someone who could really push us further as songwriters.”    

The end result is an album that’s as well crafted and melodic as it is confrontational, with a strong lyrical message. “We try to push real things through in our lyrics; whether it’s feeling insignificant or questioning your own thoughts or discovering the dark side of yourself.”

Weaving influences as diverse as Deftones, Nine Inch Nails, Aphex Twin and The Roots into a single unified whole, Linkin Park and Hybrid Theory are living proof that a fresh combination of talent, an unwavering dedication to craft and a pure artistic vision can result in a powerful musical statement.

 “I’ve wanted to do this my whole life, and I feel really blessed to be here,” says Bennington.  “A lot of hard work and dedication and faith can get you through anything and make it happen.”

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